Oregon State: Facts and Factors

Oregon State is 1-0, coming off a win two weeks ago against then-#13-ranked Wisconsin, and has a recent history for knocking off ranked teams...

• The Oregon State Beavers come to the Rose Bowl Saturday for a kick-off at 12:30 PT. The game will be televised by ABC (and shown on ESPN2 in areas of the country where it is not an ABC regional game), with Sean McDonough and Chris Spielman in the booth and Quint Kessinich on the sideline.

• UCLA is 3-0 and ranked #19 in both USA Today and the AP polls.

• Oregon State is 1-0, with a win two weeks ago against then-13th-ranked Wisconsin (10-7). It's first scheduled game of the season, against Nicholls State September 1st, was cancelled and rescheduled for the end of the season because of Hurricane Isaac. They had a bye last week.

• The Wisconsin team that OSU beat September 8th is now 2-1, with wins at home over Northern Iowa (26-21) and Utah State (16-14).

• It's a highly unusual situation where two teams meet with one having played three games and the other just one.

• The Beavers did receive 68 votes in this week's AP Poll, making it the highest team in the "also receiving votes."

• It is, of course, the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

• It's the first time UCLA has been ranked for two consecutive weeks since early in the 2007 season. UCLA, in fact, has only been ranked for four or more straight weeks once (2005) since 2001. Before 2001, UCLA was ranked for four straight weeks in 10 of the previous 11 seasons.

• The Bruins/Beaver series goes back to 1930, with UCLA leading 41-15-4. UCLA has won the last two meetings and 7 of the last 8.

• Last season, UCLA beat Oregon State in Corvallis, 27-19. In that game, OSU quarterback Sean Mannion passed for 287 yards in his first career start. OSU's Jordan Poyer returned a punt for an 85-yard touchdown.

• The last time a ranked UCLA team faced an unranked Oregon State team at the Rose Bowl was in 2005, when #8-ranked UCLA beat the Beavers, 51-28.

• Mike Riley is in his 12th year as the head coach at Oregon State, and is two victories short of being the Beavers' all-time winningest coach. He is 73-63 in Corvallis, trailing Lou Stiner, who coached between 1933 and 1948. Riley, 59, is, of course, in his second stint as the head coach at OSU, spending two seasons (1997 and 1998) before going to the NFL (San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints) and then returning in 2003. He has led the Beavers to six bowl games, and five seasons of 8 wins or better. Riley is generally accepted as being a good coach; he's the guy who is mentioned the most often when the discussion is about coaches who do more with less. In this second stint at OSU, he immediately elevated the program, going 8-5, 7-5, 5-6, 10-4, 9-4, 9-4 and 8-5 from 2003 to 2008. You think that might be good enough to get him enough credit in the bank that he'd be able to coach in Corvallis until he decides to retire. But, as it is anywhere, if you give the fans a taste of success they get spoiled. Riley has pretty much been on the hot seat after going 5-7 and 3-9 in the last two seasons.

• Oregon State has made a routine of beating highly-ranked teams of late: #13 Wisconsin (2012), #9 Arizona (2010), #20 USC (2010), #23 California (2009), #1 USC (2008), #2 USC (2007), #18 Oregon (2007), #3 USC (2006), #24 Hawaii (2006), and #18 California (2005). Among those games, six of them were away games for the Beavers.

• OSU receiver Markus Wheaton has put together a streak of 24 consecutive games making a reception.

• Quarterback Mannion, after just 11 starts, is sixth in career passing yards with 3,604.

• For the first time since the 2006 season, Oregon State does not have James or Jacquizz Rodgers on its roster.

Johnathan Franklin moved to second on UCLA's all-time career rushing list last week, after gaining 110 yards against Houston, bringing him to a total of 3,210. In one game he moved ahead of five former Bruins, and now only trails Gaston Green (3,731).

• Quarterback Brett Hundley leads all freshman nationally in passing (827 yards), total offensive yards (946) and completions (23/g); he is tied for the freshman lead nationally in scoring passes with eight.

• UCLA, for the first time in its history, gained 500+ yards in three consecutive games (records date back to the 1958 season).

• UCLA and Oklahoma State are the only schools in the FBS averaging at least 300 yards rushing and 300 yards passing.

• Here are UCLA's and Oregon State's statistical rankings nationally and in the Pac-12: Stat Rankings

• The weather forecast calls for 91 degrees in Pasadena Saturday. It's significant since, so far this season, UCLA has played in 90-degree-plus temperatures, and had its fall camp in blazing San Bernardino. On the other hand, it was 68 degrees in Corvallis September 8th when Oregon State played Wisconsin.


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